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‘Pray For Death’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler

Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens
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Nsfw Featurette for Luv with Common – ‘Betrayal and Distrust’

  • HeyUGuys
Sheldon CandisLuv debuted at Sundance last year, featuring a career-defining performance from Common as the adult lead in this tense dramatic thriller.

The film spent last year on the festival circuit, coming to the UK for Sundance London – you can read our review here – which is where I saw it, and thought it was brilliant.

It’s finally about to arrive in theatres in the Us, screening exclusively at AMC Theatres from next Friday. And with its release so close, the theatre chain have debuted a new, not-suitable-for-work featurette, giving us a look at the themes of betrayal and distrust that run through Luv.

“With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison,
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Common Searches For ‘Luv’ In First Trailer For His Sundance Drama

  • The Film Stage
After finding success in the hip-hop landscape, Common has dabbled in Hollywood with films like Smokin’ Aces, Terminator Salvation, American Gangster and Date Night, but now he’s finally been handed a promising leading role. The actor debuted the drama Luv at Sundance earlier this year and now we’ve get a trailer ahead of its fall release.

Directed by Sheldon Candis, the drama follows a young boy Michael Rainey Jr. and his uncle, played by Common, as they have what looks to be a dangerous afternoon filled with gunplay and car rides. It actually looks like a pretty tense coming-of-age film and along with The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams, 24‘s Dennis Haysbert and Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, Meagan Good and Lonette McKee, we’ve got a great cast. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Synopsis:

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means
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Images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover

After just adding the trailer for the film, we now have a gallery of images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Candis scripts and helms this film which follows an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison
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Images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover

After just adding the trailer for the film, we now have a gallery of images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Candis scripts and helms this film which follows an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison
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Luv Trailer starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr. and Dennis Haysbert

Watch the trailer for Sheldon Candis Luv which opens on November 9th from Indomina Releasing. Common, Michael Rainey, Jr. and Dennis Haysbert star as well as Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams. Candis directs and writes the film produced by Datari Turner, Joel Newton, W. Michael Jenson, Derek Dudle and Jason Michael Berman. An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten
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Luv Trailer starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr. and Dennis Haysbert

Watch the trailer for Sheldon Candis Luv which opens on November 9th from Indomina Releasing. Common, Michael Rainey, Jr. and Dennis Haysbert star as well as Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams. Candis directs and writes the film produced by Datari Turner, Joel Newton, W. Michael Jenson, Derek Dudle and Jason Michael Berman. An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten
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Sundance London 2012: 'Luv'

★★★☆☆ From debut director Sheldon Candis comes Luv (2012), and unconventional crime drama set on the mean, crab-filled streets of Baltimore. Candis largely ensures the cat-and-mouse structure typical of most gangster narratives, instead choosing to focus on the relationship between 11-year-old Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) and his entrepreneurial Uncle Vincent (played by Us rapper Common). Estranged from his mother, who abandoned her son before fleeing to North Carolina, Woody is taken out of school for the day in order to learn the art of "taking care of business" - with life-altering consequences.

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Sundance London 2012: preview – shivering with anticipation!

The 26th-29th April sees the Sundance London Film and Music festival hit the O2 Arena, which sees the festival – renowned for its programme of independent film – take place in the UK for the first time in its 34-year history.

As a Sundance newbie, I am excited to attend the indie festival. I’ve always heard so many great things about it, especially as a lot of great films initially got noticed at previous Sundance fests (Napoleon Dynamite, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs).

Looking at the line-up, I expect the cream of the crop of forthcoming independent releases.

Here are the following that I’m keeping my eye on during the festival:

For Ellen

The third feature film from In Between Days and Treeless Mountain writer and director So Yong Kim, and her first film with an American cast – a great cast ensemble, I need to add. Starring Little Miss Sunshine‘s
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Toldja! Indomina And Bet Acquire Sundance Film ‘Luv’

Toldja! Indomina And Bet Acquire Sundance Film ‘Luv’
Deadline revealed Wednesday that Indomina acquired North American theatrical distribution rights to Luv, and that a significant TV component was part of the deal 7-figure deal brokered by ICM and Cinetic. Bet is the TV piece. The film is now being screened for international buyers at Efm in Berlin. Here’s the official release: Los Angeles, CA (February 11, 2012) – Luv, the dramatic thriller which premiered at Sundance in the feature competition, has been acquired by The Indomina Group and Bet Networks. The film will receive a significant North America theatrical release from Indomina, tentatively set for Fall 2012, followed by a broadcast premiere on Bet – which has acquired television rights exclusive in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as certain ancillary rights on other platforms. Luv (n.b. All Caps) is directed by Sheldon Candis and written by Candis and Justin Wilson. The film stars Common, Michael Rainey Jr.,
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